Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Yaoi Manga Review: JACKASS! Volume 1
SUBLIME MANGA – @SuBLimeManga
MANGAKA: Scarlet Beriko
TRANSLATION: Christine Dashiell
LETTERS: James Dashiell
EDITOR: Hope Donovan
ISBN: 978-1-4215-9644-0; paperback (October 2017); Rated “M” for “Mature”
242pp, B&W, $12.99 U.S., $17.99 CAN, £8.99 UK
Jackass! is a yaoi manga from manga creator, Scarlett Beriko. Yaoi manga is a subset of boys' love (or BL) manga, which depicts amorous situations between male romantic leads. Yaoi manga usually features explicit depictions of sex between those male leads. Jackass! is a romantic comedy about the love and lust that ensues when someone accidentally puts on a pair of pantyhose.
Jackass!, Vol. 1 (Chapters 1 to 6) introduces Keisuke, an ordinary high school student living with his older sister, Akiko. Keisuke has a best friend named Shinoda Masayuki, who is handsome and carefree, and who is also from a wealthy family. In fact, Masayuki is so stunningly handsome that he can (and often does) have any girl he wants.
The trouble starts one day when Keisuke accidentally wears a pair of Akiko’s pantyhose to gym class. Suddenly the hot friend Masayuki is rubbing his hands on Keisuke’s pantyhose-clad legs! Has Keisuke unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever? Masayuki certainly thinks so.
[This volume includes the bonus story, “The Shino-Hara Household” and an “Afterword” in manga form.]
Wow. I have read quite a bit of yaoi manga, and I have come across numerous unusual scenarios. Pantyhose as the impetus that turns friendship into romance: no, that is new.
Jackass! Volume 1 is truly a romantic comedy, however. Creator Scarlet Beriko seems determined to offer humorous sexual situations, and she does not rely only on sexual innuendo. In addition to the Keisuke-Masayuki relationship, Jackass! presents other promising romantic relationships and entanglements, including one between a teacher and a student!
Don't think that Beriko denies her readers depictions of sex. The main story ends with a bang: condoms, mutual masturbation, fondling, and more. On the back cover, one of the characters is wearing a t-shirt with a slogan – the kind of slogan that promises a yaoi manga of wild fun.
8 out of 10
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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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